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Grateful Dead Live at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Stadium on 1987-07-24

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Grateful Dead Live at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Stadium on 1987-07-24

Set 1

Funiculi Funicula
Tico Tico Tuning
Jack Straw ->
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
My Brother Esau
Friend Of The Devil
Me And My Uncle ->
Big River
When Push Comes To Shove
Far From Me
Cassidy ->

Set 2

Hell In A Bucket ->
Scarlet Begonias
Playing In The Band ->
Drums ->
Space ->
Uncle John's Band ->
Dear Mr. Fantasy ->
I Need A Miracle ->
Bertha ->
Sugar Magnolia

Set 3

The Times They Are A-Changin'
Man Of Peace
Maggie's Farm
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
I Want You
Highway Revisited
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
Ballad Of A Thin Man
Shelter From The Storm
Slow Train
Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Touch Of Grey
All Along The Watchtower

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Stadium
Location Oakland, CA

Source Hat-Mounted Realistic PZM's > Sony WMD6-C > MAC (Maxell MX 90, no nr)
Lineage MAC>D6>HD>Audacity>CDWave>TLH>FLAC
Taped by Russ Cansler
Transferred by Russ Cansler


-- Set 3 with Bob Dylan
-- Encores on the end of Set 1 to keep sets on single discs


Reviewer: Mind Wondrin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 14, 2016
Subject: Archive says:
"Write review for Grateful Dead Live at Oakland 7-24-87", so I'll skip Dylan (which was way better in person).

The official release goes in and out of mono through the whole 1st set (a set that's all about the bookends). This one isn't as well known/regarded as the next show (or the next month) but still has big highlights. They hadn't played the stadium side of the complex since '76 with the Who!

First Set. Funiculi Funicula tuning - their best ever? Some people track this stuff! Jack Straw is an attacking version. Half-Step Mississippi is hot, too, but the rest is yr average '87 Dead until the last two, which are ace versions. Big River, though is very upbeat and burns a lot of energy considering they have to play 3 sets and two different encores.

Second Set. Starts with an average Helena but Scarlet is notable. It's hot and it's a stand-alone and the 1st of 4 '87 Scarlets sans Fire. Playin' starts uptempo - and it takes a minute for some to catch up, but the jam section benefits. The whole rest of the set is above average - fired by their hero Dylan. Except there's a stumble finding the key on Fantasy and a lyric flub on a shaky Touch of Grey (w/Dylan on guitar), but they were so animated this set that Jer moonwalked (I'm remembering this correctly, right? Ah fuck it - you kids don't even know what that is).

1st Set:   B
2nd Set: B-
Overall = 3¾ stars (Dead show + Dead encore)

Jack Straw - one of best of '87
Cassidy - tight
Deal - big deal
Scarlet Begonias - clean and strong

SOURCES: Pretty much have to get View from the Vault IV for the two Dead sets; and you want the schoeps.painoman.17353 for the encore (Touch of Grey). The DVD version is missing FotD, MaMU, Big River.

Thanx for review, koch
Reviewer: Satori70 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2015
Subject: You know there's something happening . .
How lucky to watch a video two days in a row. Yesterday I saw 7-23-90 and today is a more celebratory affair.

Wow! The Jack opener here rips the roof off! Bill & Mickey? You can tell Bobby wants to jump in but can't even control it, and lets it come back around again. Damn fine !! Right away you can see where this night is going. I'm only at the end of the second set but truly epic. What a great night, and video! Solid 4* an 5 may be a stretch, but rounding up. Dylan & The Dead?

Happy 50th Grateful Dead !
Reviewer: Michaelklabua - favoritefavorite - July 25, 2014
Subject: What was that?
Listen to Jerry's voice at about 5:20 into Bertha (cue up at about 4:30 to hear what I am talking about.) Either he got a surge of adreneline 23 songs into the show (with a whole set with Bob Dylan to follow) or he got stung by a bee.
Reviewer: kochman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 15, 2014
Subject: Best of Tour (Review via View from the Vault)
Shit, even the Funiculi Funicula tuning is great, being video recorded for posterity. Another tuning, Tico Tico, follows before they tear into Jack Straw. Jerry bungles the lyrics at the start, but everything else is solid, with a gainy Jerry taking charge instrumentally and crushes the jam. On a dime trans into Half-Step keeps things flowing down the rio. Esau skates into the setlist to my delight, nearing the end of his career selling real estate this one is funky as they get. Jerry then turns in a stellar solo during Friend of the Devil, which inspires Bob to hit the cowboy medley. Uncle is at a sprint and Big River flows with great teamwork, Brent throws in a smashing solo, and Jerry throws down the gauntlet at the end, energy is through the roof! Jerry doesn't let the momentum stop, pulling a great Push Comes to Shove out. Recognizing the prowess of Jerry's crunchy tone, Brent throws Far From Me into the mix. A soaring solo makes Cassidy fly, again the team is on it, Phil is especially heavy here, and X factor is achieved during the extended jam. Never egotistical, but not to be outdone, an immediate transition into a rocking Deal finishes off the set.

Hell knows no fury like the Bucket to open the 2nd, energy through the roof, punctuated by Phil bombs and serious Jerome solos. Scarlet is played with no quarter, it simply doesn't have time to consider mercy at this tempo! The transition jam starts taking unusual turns, all while within theme, then they stop... to immediately transition to Playing in the Band! Speaking of finding the light in the strangest of places, the tempo drives like the autobahn! The jam slows things down, as we head for poignant Jerry. The ensuing jam reminds me of Terrapin 93, at a faster pace, and before the haters hate, that was a great year for Terrapin. Scales abound, then 6 minutes in, things slowing down, delay guitar steps in to add a dose of psychedelia to the otherwise rocking show. Brent's playing becomes pleasantly anxious to accent the madness.

Uncle John emerges out of a space I thought surely was headed to the Wheel, and the energy hasn't dipped. Mr. Fantasy abruptly ends the UJB, with a zealous Brent singing, the band is all over it with Jerry nailing his solos and Bob playing tough behind him. Bobby keeps it rocking with a fantastic Miracle, once again featuring crunched Jer. Jerry then opts for Bertha, indicating more rockin' and no ballad in a show where FOTD is the slow option back in the 1st set. No need for the ballad, as Dylan's set waits in the wings. Jerry makes his audible count with serious solos in this A+ Bertha, before Bobby calls out old reliable Sugar Mags to close the set before Dylan gets his shot on the mic.

Third set is Dylan's, Times They Are A-Changin' his first offering, sets the mood nicely. While in predictably ridiculous voice his acoustic guitar is nice, and Jerry has some nice leads on unfamiliar turf. Maggie's Farm makes the set, and no wonder they kept this simple rocker. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight slows things down in country style, then the juices get flowing in I Want You. Most of the Dylan & The Dead tour left something to be desired, I believe this show is the exception. Highway 61 drives nicely, great bass rhythm by Lesh. Baby Blue is a bit sloppy as the boys liked jamming it out more, but Dylan cuts off Jerry. A true musician, Jerry figures out how to operate within tighter confines. Memphis Blues, always a winner to me, stuck after this tour. This version is a little sloppy, but fun on its 5th live rendition. With Dylan singing the guitarists both got space to see what they could do instrumentally, though again Dylan goes back to the verses prematurely, this version a few minutes shorter than the typical GD version. Thin Man, unfortunately, would not stick in the repertoire, despite being awesome. This is the most psychedelic thus far, with Jerry nailing a delay solo and Brent providing an eerie undertone. Shelter from the Storm is fun, and then a foreboding Slow Train chugs eerily through. The set is "Knockin'", another keeper, which ends the set in its simplistic, sun-setting beauty.

Double encore for the TKO, Touch is fun, but Watchtower brings sizzling solos and adds another keeper to their rotation. SQ issues mar the Tower a bit, but it's amazing.

Performance Summary
Wow! For a band rightfully accused of blowing the big ones, they didn't blow this show recorded for posterity in video. Energy levels are through the roof, with little exception. The pre-drums is through the roof, and while the post-space does its best to keep up it is outclassed. Dylan's set caps off the long evening, and though his voice leaves something to be desired, the backing band is fantastic.

Sound Quality
The 2 Dead sets are from the video official release, heavy SBD with a touch of AUD, a mix I more prefer than the 60/40 that seems to be the order of the day. 70/30 seems better...
The Dylan set has B+ quality sound. I may be a bit harsh having been spoiled by the perfect mix of the first two sets.
Reviewer: erik65 - favoritefavorite - July 24, 2011
Subject: I listened to it
right up until the point where, during Jerry's first guitar solo in Dear Mr. Fantasy, the tripping idiot next to the taper does an Extended "WOOOOO-HOOOOOOOOOO!!!!, which, on this recording, is much louder than Jerry. What a buzzkill. Ditto the chick on the other side of the taper's hat singing off key...
Reviewer: REBLOCHON - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 8, 2010
Subject: jut like so many times before !

too bad ...

THIS SHOW IS GREAT but the dylan set is sounds better on the soundboard
Reviewer: cb18201 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 13, 2009
Subject: pedal steeell revival
ahhh garcia pedal steel, i love it, i wish he would have played it more, it was such a good addition when he did. check out 3/21/72 for some good steel on looks like rain.
Reviewer: dandyeggo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 19, 2008
Subject: omnipotence
What a classic..the boys are on top of their game on this night. The Deal smokes...but the show stopper is the Bertha into Sugar Maggie....WOW. Im fortunate to have a stellar version of this show...soundboarded on Maxell XLII-S cassette Tape. When I play this can hear it down the block and around the corner...a must have!!!!! :)
Reviewer: My Brother Esau - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 31, 2008
Subject: Thank you, sir.
I think you are super-cool for having done this.

Hat-mounted mics, wow. Thanks, man. Thanks again.
Reviewer: caspersvapors - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 6, 2008
Subject: finally
finally someone has upped this hot show, got sick of having to put the dvd in just to listen to it. thanks man!
Reviewer: Quincy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 25, 2008
Subject: Great Recording!
Wow - thanks.
Reviewer: CardGunner - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2008
Subject: Hats off Russ!
1st review for me.

I thought the sound was superb.

The song list was OK, however there wasn't any exemplary renditions of any of the songs, At least none I picked to be on my best of list. But they where all good.

However I'm not a Dylan fan, I respect him, but can't stand his voice so set3 was hard for me listen too.

I'd like to cemment on so few jams. Look at the time of each song. Only one more then 10 minutes, but 30 something songs.

It was a good show with a great recording.

I'm surprised that someone didn't take the encore tracks and put them in the right spot.
Reviewer: Burnt Rich - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2008
Subject: What a quality AUD!!!
Vault release from GDM on DVD or CD if you did not realize.......nice to have the Dylan set....Thanks! Excellent job capturing this one.... Thanks, 21 years later, for literally using your head!
Reviewer: E.R.C. Iceman! - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 7, 2008
Subject: Nice job Russ!
Dude, I don't know if your mics were in your hat,or where you were located at, but this sounds great! The P.A. system is very clear! 5 stars for great show and great recording of some interesting crowd chatter! The Electric Rainbow Church approves this classic! Thanks, Mike Angelucci,Norristown Pa.
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